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AMD slashes the MSRP of its Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs

09 January 2018

With some industrious GPU, memory, and memory timing tweaks AMD's resident overclocker, Sami Makinen, was able to deliver a 39% improvement on the 3DMark FireStrike score. Some of these are things SemiAccurate has previously revealed, others are new to us so read on for all the goodies.

That remains to be seen (and tested), of course, but if the reality lives up to AMD's own estimates, pretty good.

New mobile APUs will build on the two models AMD launched past year. While it isn't free the upsides are pretty huge compared to the minor costs involved.

AMD will be "sampling" these GPUs in 2018, meaning companies at the forefront of machine learning development will get to test them out this year. The news is pretty big here, the design is complete likely meaning it has taped out but it could mean that the architecture is complete and it is being validated. We look forward to continued competition for the coming year. The news SemiAccurate has heard about 7nm tapeouts and early silicon do no support views of those spouting doom and gloom for the foundries at this node. If you haven't been paying attention the code names after Starship are Rome and Milan, and yes we realize these are rehashes. Again, this is something AMD will have to detail at a future date.

Somewhat buried in the previous year of CPU launches, AMD also released quite a few new APUs that combine Zen processor cores with Vega graphics. AMD also mentions the 7nm "Navi" architecture, now penciled in for 2019, and a "next-gen" 7nm+ architecture for 2020.

What can we expect next from AMD in terms of desktop processors?

Before Zen+ arrives on April 18, AMD will launch Zen APUs for desktops and flesh out its mobile product family.

According to AMD's CTO, Mark Papermaster, AMD is now building its second-generation Zen core.

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At the top of the tree is the Ryzen 7 Pro, which is also a quad-core (eight-thread) processor clocked at up to 3.8GHz, with the integrated Vega Graphics having 10 graphics compute units and a GPU clock of up to 1300MHz.

How much will the new chips cost?

Better yet AMD just slashed the prices on a whole host of processors, something that you should see in etailer pricing in the coming days.

The new prices on Ryzen are quite fantastic, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X dropping from $499 down to $349, while the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 drops aren't as significant. This is going to put some serious hurt on Intel's highest margin consumer parts and increase the chunks of marketshare AMD is grabbing.

Because these new desktop APUs use a lot of the new features of the Pinnacle Ridge chips they require a new BIOS to work too. OK it won't set the world on fire either, but it is still welcome.

Though enthusiasts might have little interest in these parts, it is an important step for AMD.

What security features may be found in Ryzen Pro Mobile?

Intel doesn't appear to have any current plans for a desktop oriented 8th Gen G-series part, however, so that will remain AMD's domain. Without knowing the system specs and detail settings used, this is hard to validate, but AMD's long-running graphics experience should provide a marked improvement in gaming on lower-cost machines.

Charlie Demerjian is the founder of Stone Arch Networking Services and SemiAccurate.com.

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He is a technologist and analyst specializing in semiconductors, system and network architecture. Charlie is also a council member with Gerson Lehman Group.

AMD slashes the MSRP of its Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs